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The Ghosts of Haslar History Trail

Happening from 2nd September until 18th September 2022 along Gosport Waterfront, including as part of Gosport’s Heritage Open Days programme.

You’ll need to pack a smart phone with QR scanning and mobile data, perhaps some headphones, good walking shoes, water and a few light snacks to keep you going!

Alternatively, if you can’t make it into Gosport you can follow the trail online.

Designed and created by the Services Six Student Team at Gosport and Fareham MAT in partnership with The Earth Museum, and generously supported by Historic England.

Step back in time to discover the ‘ghosts of Haslar Hospital’ with this experimental trail created by Gosport and Fareham MAT students for you to explore. They have been researching some of the stories behind Haslar Hospital and its museum, with artefacts brought from across the world – now housed at the British Museum and Natural History Museum in London. And created short films to share these stories with you.

You will need:

  • A mobile device with good mobile data and QR code scanning function
  • Headphones will help you hear the short films on route
  • Access to our online digital trail map on your mobile device
  • Good walking shoes, water and light snacks
  • Suitable adult supervision for walking around Gosport and Haslar on a self-guided tour, if a young person

You can start the trail at any point, but we recommend you start at the Gosport Tourist Information Centre near the Bus Station. Walk along Gosport Waterfront, up Haslar Road, and along Clayhall Road to discover all the QR codes and short films attached. Once you have finished, you can return to Gosport Town Centre by walking back the way you came, or by catching the bus along Clayhall Road.

There are clues on the map to find the first waymarker. At each waymarker just scan the QR code to discover a film created by the Services Six Team of learners inspired by the history of Haslar Naval Hospital. You will also find directions and clues to discover the next waymarker on the trail after you have watched the film. And you can always return to the map to help you navigate. If you click on the ‘circle’ below the house button in the top left of the map screen, you can add your own position to the map and see where you are in relation to the QR code.

If you get really stuck looking for the QR code waymarkers, you can always click on the ‘Discover more’ link on the map under each pin to find the film anyway. And you can also use this ‘Discover more’ link to follow the trail online if you are not able to visit Gosport.

We do hope you enjoy our experimental little trail, which should take between 1-2 hours to complete all 6 waymarkers. This project is experimental and we know we can always improve, so please let us know any feedback at

Produced by Gosport and Fareham MAT students for The Earth Museum, and made possible with the generous support of Gosport TIC, Haslar Marina, Haslar Heritage Group, Haslar Cemetery and Historic England.

This is a self-guided trail. Your use of this trail is at your own risk which is operated on an ‘as is, as available’ basis. In no event shall The Earth Museum or its representatives be liable for any damages arising out of, or in any way connected with, the use of this trail.

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